Time of the Earth
by Ben Kettlewell, Alternate Music Press
Fans of classic nature films like Baraka, Chronos, and Koyaanisquatsi will marvel at this DVD. TIME OF THE EARTH is multifaceted, mystical, subtle, timeless, and most of all, remarkably attractive. TIME OF THE EARTH communicates on a profound level that cannot be comprehended through language. This is a film that can only be comprehended in its insightfulness and awe-inspiring significance on a much deeper, intuitive level, demonstrating the unrestrained power of nature. Roach and Lazur are accustomed to the limitation of human speech, as they create this slowly evolving, wordless journey into this dreamtime existance.
This DVD is a glimpse of the fascinating southwestern desert in all its diversity. The film offers panoramic glimpses of nature at its most serene and pastoral state, from the primal beauty of the southwestern deserts, to breathtaking glimpses of cascading waterfalls and powerful ocean waves breaking on a beach in the Pacific Northwest during a spectacular sunset. TIME OF THE EARTH exemplifies primordial nature long before human existence.
The careful editing and sequencing of every segment are deliberate throughout, and magnificently presented. Steve Lazur spent over three years shooting film, which eventually became distilled down to 77 minutes. If a single picture is worth a thousand words, then the thousands of visual images contained in TIME OF THE EARTH could easily fill a library.
The enormity of the epic rock sculptures and sun-scorched canyons sweep over you with breathtaking power. Like many paramount works of art, TIME OF THE EARTH suggests a direction which is more profound than the object of your observation. If the sufi poet Rumi created a modern-day film, instead of his inspired state of rapture in his words and poetry, his thoughts might be perfectly captured in a film such as this.
Life on this planet is short-lived, and has much to expound. TIME OF THE EARTH scrapes the surface of existance that many of us never experience, and gives a glimpse of the megalithic world beneath. Complimented by a stirring soundtrack by legendary composer Steve Roach, the film augments my deepest emotions every time I watch it.
The music is perfectly timed to the scenes, and the combination makes for a wonderfully calming experience. This DVD is a must for anyone looking for something worthwhile and insightful, and a conscious experience that delights all the senses.
The only dialog is one developed between the mind and heart of the viewer. It is a contemporary look at the relationship between people and place. Much of the photography is slow-motion or time-lapse footage of landscapes, ethereal clouds, and panoramic desert vistas, enhanced by Steve Roach's mesmerizing tribal-ambient score.
TIME OF THE EARTH is profoundly abundant in beauty and detail. With each viewing it shifts in the mind's eye, and becomes a new and different film. You can breathe the air, squint at the sun, and feel dwarfed by the towering mountain peaks and endless sky, the moment you enter the immediacy of this experience. Time itself becomes relative. This film in many ways is like a poem written with images and sound, and one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences I've seen in DVD format. Highly recommended.